Presenter: Ralph Carson, LD, RD, PhD
Format: 1 hour video lecture
The journey of recovery from an eating disorder is long and complicated. There are numerous treatment models that address this devastating health problem, but it has only recently come to light the importance of sleep in expediting the recovery process and its role in relapse prevention. With over 60% of the population reporting episodes of insomnia, those struggling with eating disorders report a much higher incidence. Sleep is the time during which the brain heals. Therefore, not only is it important that one gets enough sleep, but the quality of that sleep is a key to long term recovery. This course addresses the challenges of sleep and therapeutic intervention that will assist those who treat eating disorders.
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
- List ten techniques of sleep hygiene that are helpful in correcting sleep latency and improving sleep quality.
- Discuss the five stages of sleep and explain how each is important for recovery.
- Analyze how various sleep medications work and their limitations for long term correction of disordered sleep.
- Explain how circadian rhythms and homeostatic drive work together to establish effective sleep cycles.
- Interpret how diet, caffeine, exercise, hormones and chronic stress disrupt, fragment and wreak havoc on the body’s sleep architecture.
- Interpret the various pathways and chemicals that interact in establishing healthy sleep patterns.
About Ralph Carson, LD, RD, PhD
Dr. Carson has been involved in the clinical treatment of obesity, addictions, and eating disorders for over 40 years. His unique background in health science and medicine, coupled with nutrition and exercise has prepared him to integrate neuropsychobiological intervention and proven psychotherapeutic treatment. He is an active board member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). He has authored several popular books on nutrition, lifestyle practices, good health and the brain: Harnessing the Healing Power of Fruits and the recently published The Brain Fix: What’s the Matter with Your Gray Matter? He is currently Vice President of Science and Innovation for the Eating Recovery Center’s CORE Program for weight management and binge-eating disorders in Denver, CO and consultant for the Pinegrove Behavioral Health and Addiction Center in Hattiesburg, MS.
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